Duplicate half a million Devonians
And 700,000 have had at least one dose
More than 700,000 people in Devon have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, of which nearly half a million have had a second vaccine.
Statistics, which provide the position as of May 17, show that 1,169,431 vaccines have been delivered to Devon, with 729,168 being a first dose and 440,263 a second dose.
In Devon and Cornwall, more than 70 percent of adults received their first dose, and about 45 percent had a second dose.
Among the adult population, 75.4% in East Devon, 55.3% in Exeter, 72.1% in Mid Devon, 71.9% in North Devon, 64.2% in Plymouth, 73, 8% in South Hams, 74.3% in Teignbridge, 72.5% in Torbay, 74.3% in Torridge and 77.2% in West Devon received a dose.
Among these adults also, 48.8% in East Devon, 32% in Exeter, 39.2% in Mid Devon, 45.2% in North Devon, 35.8% in Plymouth, 44.6% in South Hams, 44.8% in Teignbridge, 46.4% in Torbay, 45.3% in Torridge and 51.7% in West Devon received a second dose.
West Devon’s 51.7% for a second dose is the second highest of any region in England, with only Wyre having a higher figure.
It comes as the second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are offered to people over the age of 50, front-line health and social service workers and people belonging to groups at risk. This follows the government’s announcement last week to reduce the time between doses for these groups from 12 to about eight weeks.
Alex Degan, primary care medical director for the NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Please be patient and wait for us to contact you. Our GP surgeries and vaccination centers are very busy reorganizing these appointments. We know that some people will look forward to their second dose as soon as possible and will call you as soon as possible.
“If you need proof of your immunization status, please use the NHS app or call 119. Your doctor will not be able to provide it to you.”
Patients who have used the national reservation service will receive a text message asking them to cancel their second existing appointment and book an earlier one.
The move is part of plans to tackle the rise in cases of the Indian variant.